What a difference 72 hours makes in football! Saturday afternoon saw a disappointing 2-2 draw away to Morton which Dundee manager James McPake labelled “unacceptable.”
Turn the clock to Tuesday and the normal 4-3-3 formation that Dundee have become accustomed to since McPake took over the hot seat at Dens Park was transitioned to a 4-4-2 with a fresh impetus across all areas of the park.
The defensive unit was more solid despite invitations for Inverness to add more goals to their game with Inverness interim boss Neil McCann admitting his side were 2nd best especially in the 1st half.
Midfielder Shaun Byrne dropped to the bench & in came Max Anderson with the young midfielder putting in a power of work & being creative whenever. The most positive thing from Anderson’s aspect was he never looked back when passing the ball, always looking to get forward & expose Inverness.
Anderson has gave boss McPake a welcome headache now moving forward considering Dundee controlled proceedings without midfield powerhouses in Byrne & Charlie Adam. Anderson & Paul McGowan looked a fantastic partnership in centre midfield.
Two strikers up top worked a treat as well with Jason Cummings & Danny Mullen giving the Caley backline plenty to think about. On that note, are Dundee back?
McPake will be stressing the importance of not going away based on a midweek victory over Inverness however honest opinion?
Get Jason Cummings & Mullen firing on all cylinders alongside the creative natures of Anderson, McMullan, Adam & McGowan then Dundee will win more than they lose.
The burden at this moment, something which McPake has admitted is the defensive form. Too much goals have been conceded for McPake & Dundee’s liking recently & McPake being a former centre half himself will be busy working on that with former St Johnstone legend Dave McKay alongside him (A former defender himself).
An organised defence & a title challenge is on, flip the coin & it’s battling for the best possible position in the play-offs because of a lack of consistency.
Tuesday night was an important win for Dundee & a welcome time before the assignment at Tynecastle on Saturday.